5 Asbestos Facts You Really Need to Know

31 Aug 2022

5 Asbestos Facts You Really Need to Know

While the world is tackling the pandemic that is the Coronavirus, there is a silent killer that doesn’t get quite as much press coverage, but still kills as many as 5,000 people in the UK each year. That silent killer is asbestos, the deadly banned construction material that causes the aggressive cancer known as mesothelioma.

At OHSS, we are committed to educating Irish businesses about asbestos regulations, correct asbestos removal procedures and anything else in the workplace that keeps workers safe. With that in mind, we now look at 5 asbestos facts that could potentially save your life or someone you work with.

Fact #1 - Incorrect Asbestos Removal and Disposal Can be Deadly

Asbestos is at its most dangerous when it is disturbed and invisible fibres are released into the air. These minuscule particles then enter the lungs and this only has to happen once to be deadly. 

Fact #2 - Mesothelioma Can Take Decades to Develop

Believe it or not, asbestos-related conditions like mesothelioma can take as much as 50 years to develop in the body. People working on building sites in their 20s can find conditions appearing in their 40s, 50s, 60s and even their 70s as a result.

Fact #3 - It’s Important to Seek Legal Advice

If you develop mesothelioma, pleural thickening or asbestosis, it’s vital that you seek legal advice, as compensation may be available and you may need it if your illness becomes life-altering or even life-threatening.

Fact #4 - Asbestos Still Remains in Many Buildings

Asbestos in construction was only banned at the end of the 90s, which means that any property built before that date may well contain the material. This is what makes asbestos surveys and professional, expert help so important before performing any renovation or other building work.

Fact #5 - Asbestos is Still Used Extensively Across the World

As yet, there is no worldwide ban on asbestos. In China, Italy, Russia, Greece, India and Greece, it is still mined and used in construction due to its low cost. This highlights what a big job asbestos abatement still is.

Be Vigilant & Stay Safe

We have been helping to keep workplaces across Ireland since 2001 and we create these blogs to spread the word about what a dangerous substance asbestos really is. If you come across anything that you believe to be asbestos, it’s vital that you call the professionals before carrying out any kind of work. 

If you’d like to know more about the work we do, you can find what you’re looking for by visiting us online at www.ohss.ie. Alternatively, if you want to speak to us directly, you can do so by calling us on (01) 6905907.

Thanks for reading and remember to be vigilant and stay safe whenever you’re in the presence of asbestos.